Brewed by Harar Brewery (Heineken)
Style: Pale Lager
Harar, Ethiopia


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RATINGS: 126   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.38/5   EST. CALORIES: 128   ABV: 4.25%
Ethiopian beer.

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ClarkVV (6839) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 1, 2007
Bottle at Awash Ethiopian Restaurant in D.C. on 1/20/07
Stark white head is actually fairly dense, though small. It slowly recedes to partial-cover, leaving no lacing behind. Bubbly/fizzy liquid is a deep bronze. High clarity.
Papery acetyldehyde meets spoiled fruits and light sulphur. Peachy and lightly milky, there nonetheless does seem to be some malt sweetness behind the flaws. Powdered sugar rounds out the finish, with more apples and peaches and I’m left wondering where the beer went. No alcohol apparency, medium strength of aroma.
Wet, actually undercarbonated texture imparts a sweet, not-quite wholesome flavor of light honey and dough, but some light sourness and spoiled fruit flavors sit rather heavily on the end. Not oxidized, and the beer seemed to be selling fairly briskly while I was at the restaurant, so I dont think it’s a case of it being too old. Furthermore, the beer was kept refrigerated so it hadn’t gone bad on the shelf. Perhaps the trip from Ethiopa to America? More likely, poor brewing exacerbated by the usual pasteurization and filtration. Light body, some doughiness and heavy powdered sugar-like sweetness. No alcohol noted.

after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - OCT 21, 2006
12-oz. Served with a big injera of ethiopian food at Queen Sheba; that was probably the best thing about it. Pours cloudy amber/orange with a thin film of dirty white head. Not much going on anywhere--ever-so-slightly chewy mouthfeel; nice moderate carb and lowish body. Some bready/wheaty notes on the nose and the palate. Refreshing enough and perfectly suited for the food. Not a drainpour, and probably one of the last beers to stagger across that particular finishing tape.

Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2006
A bit of a hazy amber with a eggshell white head. The nose is very doughy or bready. Some hints of grass or wheat. Just a touch of honey. The flavor is full of honey and husky malts. Maybe wheat. There is a hint of bitterness at the tail. It’s almost hard to swallow down, just like honey. I don’t find it horrible, but couldn’t see myself drinking any quantity of this.

beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 20, 2006
This pale lager pours a hazy orange gold color from a 330ml bottle. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is banana, bread and honey. A medium to light bodied Pale lager. Malts are sweet and bready. Lots of banana flavors, which I think are unintentional. Tastes like an undercooked loaf of banana bread with the cardboard wrapper still in place. Definite drain pour. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is sweet with some residual bitterness.

DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - SEP 19, 2006
This beer pours a slightly cloudy yellow color with a thin soapy white head and no lacing. Herro Rara this smells nasty upon first wiff. A whole boatload of bananas and sweet malt with hay grass and shoes mixed in. The flavor is impressively boring and inexoribly obtrusive. Dry and mango-like with sweet malts and hay grass and an obnoxious banana peel front. Cardboardiness dominates the finish but this is essentially banana bread. Biscuity. Mild carbonation, sticky and buttery mouthfeel...not good. This beer is so bad it caused an instantaneous explosion of my bowels! Bleh...bad beer!

Lubiere (14133) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 27, 2006
Lightly hazed golden lager with a creamy white head. Chalky bready malt aroma with notes of wild honey. In mouth, a sweet malt with signs of oxidation, and chalky notes, lightly oily mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Not bad. Thanks Kris!

CapFlu (5129) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 26, 2006
(330ml bottle) Ottawa Sendoff Party. Many thanks to Pours a quick dissipating white head with a clear, small-sediment filled golden body. Nose is bready, grainy and rotten apples. Flavour is malty with a shoe polish elixir tongue. Pretty good!

BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 12, 2006
Bottle: Pours to a medium yellow, near marigold except it’s darker in color, somewhat hazy, with a small white head that really sticks throughout the beer. The aroma is sweet corn, corn syrup, maize, flour, and light yeast. Taste is corn syrup, lightly sweet corn, mild grains, overall a pretty typical pale lager with the usual vegitable notes present in something that has probably not had the best of traveling/shipping conditions. Light bodied, though very smooth, medium carbonation, overall a very tasty and well done pale lager.

DuffMan (10606) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 6, 2006
deep yellow gold with a generous head that laced its way down the glass (extra points for appeaarance right away!). Sweet faintly bready aroma (not yeasty though, so maybe more cookie). Pale malt flavour is very apparent with a pleasant green hop note, no stanky corn, no metallic tang, and no musty funk... all of which I would have expected from a beer from Ethiopia with a grungy shitty looking label. It’s not justice to simply say my expectations were exceeded (though they were), but it is more proper to say that this is actually a solid pale lager that is better than ALL the macro pales I’ve tried from the U.S. and Canada. Well done!

piscator34 (2621) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 1, 2006
Gold in colour with lots of carbonation. Aromas of sweet malt, with a bit of bubblegum and herbal hops. Medim sweet on the palate, with some interesting (if not out of place) spice notes. There’s a bit of a Hallertau note near the end too. The finish is not so clean, but you can tell that there is some German influance to this beer.

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